The name originates in the northern parishes of Berkshire, England, particually around the villages of Denchworth, & Childrey, not far from the City of Oxford. It would seem it was a corruption of Frodesley - as indicated by the first family marriage in the parish of St. James, Denchworth, of Amye Frodisley to John Puyse. Amy is proven to be one of relations of William Foddesley alias Frogley in his will of 1570 - where he names her as one of his "god children".
In County of Shropshire Frodesley appears as the name of a parish and manor. A family named Frodesley resided as freeman tenants of the manor from 1277 - 1404 (VCH).The dissapearance of the name from the area roughly coincides with the Battle of Shrewsbury.
It is known the the Handesacre family (chivalliers/knights) of the parish of Armitage Handesacre used the name Frodesley as an alias. They held lands in several Counties, including one near Evesham, Herefordshire. Interestingly the Ferrier family who were early landholders in Denchworth held an adjoining manor.The family of Frogley however do not seem to have any connection with the Handesacre family - and it is most likely the name was an indication of where they came from.
Frodesley probably has its origin in two words. Frode & ley, combined to make Frode-s-ley. Frode comes from Scandinavian legend. Supposedly he was a king who lived around the time of Christ, and ancestor of both Swedish & Danish Royalty. The name therefore possibly came to England before the Norman invasion in 1066. Ley as a suffix is "Old English", and roughly means a farmer of a clearing in or near a wood. The parish of Frodesley originally was in a wood, but the area was probably cleared by the Burnell family around or before 1300.
There seemingly are a number of corruptions of Frodesley around the northwest of England - particularly southwest of Birmingham. Fradgley/Fradley are an example of two, and Frogge around Edinburgh, Scotland - according to 17th.apprentiship rolls date back to John Frogg(e) who came from Oxfordshire in the time of Edward Longshanks (ie the English King Edward I). Therefore around 1300. (copywrite Geoffrey Frogley 1999)
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